Alcohols and carboxyl groups are attached to form esters. Esters are functional groups with an oxygen double bonded to a carbon as well as another oxygen attached to the same carbon. When you mix an alcohol and carboxyl group like I did in this experiment, your product is an ester and water. My goal was to make a recognizable scent by mixing an alcohol and an acid.
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Watts, Haley, "Making Esters Lab" (2018). A with Honors Projects. 220.